Our opinion: Nothing to do? Really?

There’s nothing to do here.


We’ve all heard that dreadfully tired refrain more than once, and we know that it just isn’t true.

There’s nothing to do here.


Just look back no further than last weekend and count the major events that were staged in Warren County.

The All-American BBQ Festival

The Regions Pro-Am Archery Tour event

The Sheffield Firemen’s Festival

The East Side Festival

The Pat Shine Memorial Canoe and Kayak Race

That’s five major events that attracted spectators and participants to the Warren County Fairgrounds, downtown Sheffield, the corner of Park Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue on the east side of Warren, and to the Allegheny River.

That’s thousands of people, who by their attendance – and hunger for ribs or love of parades or respect for a departed friend – showed their appreciation for the tireless efforts put forth by event organizers.

The question has been raised: Why so many events on the same weekend?

By any stretch, five is a lot, and it’s unlikely any one person had the wherewithal to attend all five. But all were well-attended, and isn’t that all that organizers could realistically hope for?

The primary organizer of one of the events said the turnout exceeded expectations, and that has energized him to start planning next summer’s event.

He also admitted that not checking to see if other events were scheduled for the same day was a mistake, a mistake he won’t make next year.

So what can you do this weekend?

There’s no ribs and no parade and no canoe/kayak races, but there is, among other events, Music in the Park, the Warren Players’ production of “Little Shop of Horrors” and SummerFest at the Rouse. And if you prefer spur-of-the moment unorganized events, spend some time at Chapman State Park, one of the most idyllic spots in the entire region, or take a walk in the woods or ride a bike or leisurely paddle a stretch of the river or pick a section of the county you’re unfamiliar with and go exploring.

So let’s stop saying, “There’s nothing to do here.”